Journal article

Microwave pretreatment of backsawn messmate boards to improve drying quality: Part 1

GA Harris, G Torgovnikov, P Vinden, GI Brodie, A Shaginov

DRYING TECHNOLOGY | TAYLOR & FRANCIS INC | Published : 2008

Abstract

The findings of an investigation into the microwave (MW) modification and conventional kiln drying of backsawn/flatsawn messmate stringybark (Eucalyptus obliqua L'Herit) are summarized. The project was conducted in two parts. Part 1, the subject of this article, investigates whether low-intensity microwave modification results in more or less check formation than occurs during conventional drying of eucalypts. Part 2 of the investigation will determine the acceleration in kiln drying that can be achieved through microwave modification of the wood structure and in turn improving permeability. Significant improvement in microwave modified samples compared to controls in relation to check (inte..

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